Nora Lustig is Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics at Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue (Washington, DC). Her current research focuses on assessing the incidence of taxation and social spending in over twenty countries around the world, and on the determinants of income distribution dynamics in Latin America. A sample of her most recent publications include ‘The Impact of Taxes and Social Spending on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay,’ in Public Finance Review (2014); ‘Declining Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico,’ World Development, Vol. 44, 129-141, 2013. (lead author); ‘Multidimensional Indices of Achievements and Poverty: What Do We Gain and What Do We Lose?’ Journal of Economic Inequality (2011); and, Declining Inequality in Latin America. A Decade of Progress? (Brookings Institution, 2010 and Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2012). She is a founding member and past president of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) and was a co-director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000/1, Attacking Poverty. She is currently the director of the Commitment to Equity project (CEQ), editor of the Journal of Economic Inequality ‘s Forum and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Development Network (GDN). Lustig received her doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Investing in Health for Economic Development: The Case of Mexico, in Advancing Development Core Themes in Global Economics, edited by George Mavrotas and Anthony Shorrocks (Palgrave Macmillan in association with the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2007)
The Microeconomics of Income Distribution Dynamics, co-edited with Francois Bourguignon and Francisco Ferreira (World Bank, 2004)
“Do We Know How Much Poverty There Is?” Oxford Development Studies, 32(4), December 2004. (Coauthor)
“Rising Inequality in Mexico: Returns to Household Characteristics and Regional Effects,” Journal of Development Studies, 39(4), 112-33, April 2003. (Coauthor)
“Life is not Easy: Mexico’s Quest for Stability and Growth,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(1), 85-106, Winter 2001.
Shielding the Poor: Social Protection in the Developing World, ed. (Brookings Institution, 2001)
“Crises and the Poor: Socially Responsible Macroeconomics,” Economía, The Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, 1(1), 1-45, Fall 2000.
Mexico: The Remaking of an Economy (Brookings Institution, 2nd ed 1998)
Labor Markets in Latin America: Combining Social Protection With Market Flexibility, co-edited with Sebastian Edwards (Brookings Institution, 1997)
Coming Together? Mexico-U.S. Relations, co-edited with Barry Bosworth and Susan Collins (Brookings Institution, 1997)
Coping with Austerity: Poverty and Inequality in Latin America (Brookings Institution, 1995)